A severe injury or death at work often prompts questions for an employer and an industry. It’s especially tragic if someone is killed while at work. A death at work puts a family in a state of extreme distress, and the last thing they should have to worry about is finances. Workers’ compensation or a wrongful death suit can help replace a loss of income due to a workplace accident in Arizona.
A young worker was killed in an electrocution accident in Chandler recently. The 27-year-old contractor was completing a job on a Friday afternoon when he was electrocuted. Details are not currently available, but emergency officials were called to the scene where the man was killed. The electrocution happened at a local business near Warner Road and Arizona Avenue. A Chandler police official said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is pending and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were told about the event.
If someone is severely hurt or killed in an accident, their family can collect benefits through the workers’ compensation system. Often families will be put in a severe financial bind due to lost wages after a workplace injury. Workers’ compensation can help cover everyday expenses like groceries, transportation and housing, as well as medical bills, rehabilitation and retraining. Financial help after a death includes death benefits and funeral expenses.
In Arizona, there are many people involved in the construction industry and often there are risks associated with heavy machinery and electrical wiring. It’s important for Arizona employers to have proper safety protocols to insure the safety of their workforce. In the event of an accident, workers should know they and their families are covered if they are injured or killed.
Source: AZCentral.com, “Man killed in Chandler electrocution,” Staff Report, August 1, 2014